Tsunami Earthquake Appeal

On Boxing Day news of this terrible disaster in the Indian Ocean started to filter through and with it the news of how many people had been killed as a result of this catastrophe - almost a third of which are children. Now money is needed to assist those who survived and the news this morning said that people in the UK were contributing around 1 million pounds per hour! In pantoland the good news today is that the wheels have been set in motion for many theatre to collect money for the disaster fund, or even put on extra performances or special concerts. With the news of this catastrophe getting worse every hour, at least we can try and raise as much cash as possible and send it to the charity fund. Qdos sent a message through its Company Stage Managers to let us know that every Qdos pantomime will be joining in - that’s over thirty theatres doing a collection after each show. We know that it is not only Qdos and we certainly know that in Bournemouth (UK Productions) that this is also being done, probably in every theatre in the UK.

So we've set up a new DIARY of extra performances and special concerts being performed by Pantomime Companies around the country - please support them if you can. We've included as many details as possible - for more details we would suggest you contact the theatres direct.


Bournemouth is holding a "Pantomime Relief" in which all the casts from Bournemouth Pavilion (Jack and the Beanstalk), The Lighthouse, Poole  (Beauty and the Beast) and The Mayflower, Southampton (Peter Pan) are involved.

The show will include: Comedy sketches from Brian Cant and Chris Jarvis and a double act with the two Panto Dames from Poole and Bournemouth Andrew Ryan and Chris Hayward. Dance routines from the Stage Door School of Dancing and Solo numbers from Chris Ellison from the Bill and Tom Owen from Last of the Summer Wine. Scenes from Southampton Panto and Poole Panto and generally a fun packed show. A raffle will be held and some great prizes to be given away and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross. 

The tickets are £10 and can be bought from any of the box offices. Seats are unreserved and the event is at the Bournemouth Pavilion on Monday 3rd January at 10:30am in Bournemouth and 10.30pm in Poole



Brian Blessed and the Cast of Aladdin at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton will be hosting a special performance in aid of the Earthquake appeal on Friday 7th January 2005 at 2pm. All tickets are ten pounds and all money will go directly to the appeal. Website

Steve Hughes, Company Manager, Qdos Entertainment.

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH - Dedicated to Ross Baker

Further details to be announced over the next couple of days but this will feature Brian Conley, Dawson Chance, Nigel Ellacott, Lynsey Britton, Rachel Spry, Jody Crosier, Sean Needham, Michael Laidler, Phillip Dawonkewicz, Alice Chilver and Rossana Stocchino, joined by the “New” boys and girls Edwin Ray, David Austin, Tanya Stricker and Emma Adcock. The first half will be introduced by Brian and will feature the rest of the company in dance, musical and variety numbers - the second half will be all Brian! SUNDAY 16th January. Watch this space for ticket news. SOLD OUT IN ONE DAY - Thank You! SEE PLYMOUTH DIARY FOR FULL STORY

Ferneham Hall and Hammond’s production of Cinderella began collecting for the Tsunami Disaster appeal on Sunday January 2nd for the last week of the run.  With the help of the cast and Luckham’s pantomime ponies we collected just over £3600 by the evening of January 9th.

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There are of course other ways to contribute - this list of organisations has been compiled by the BBC, donations can be made through the respective websites.

The Disasters Emergency Committee - www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations - including Action Aid, British Red Cross and Oxfam - working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands. To call from the UK, dial 0870 60 60 900.


The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking donations to feed victims of the earthquake.


Medecins Sans Frontieres - www.msf.org - is sending aid workers to the region, focusing on medical care for survivors and displaced people after the rescue operations.


The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org.uk - is working to meet the "urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people" affected by the tsunami disaster.


The UN refugee agency, UNHCR - www.unhcr.ch - which has been helping victims of conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, is delivering relief supplies to tsunami survivors in both countries.


Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org.uk - has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children's services from and essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.


Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri Lanka.


Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk - is working with partners across Asia to provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.


The Red Cross, with its sister charity the Red Crescent, is supplying blankets, cooking utensils and other crucial goods. It has had to set up a new site - www.ifrc.org - because of the unprecedented demand from people wanting to make donations.


The Hindu Forum Disaster Relief Task Force - www.hinduforum.org - comprises 50 organisations and is raising money, clothes and medicines. Donations can be made online or by calling the ISKCON Disaster Appeal on 01923 856848 or Sewa International on 0116 261 0303.


Christian Aid - www.christianaid.org.uk - has already allocated £250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.


Christian charity Tearfund - www.tearfund.org - and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their feet.


Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities for those affected.


The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fund - www.islamicaid.org.uk - aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.


Another Islamic charity, Muslim Hands - www.muslimhands.org - is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and Malaysia.


Medair - www.medair.org - is providing emergency support to agencies with a long-term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and diarrhoea.


World Vision - www.worldvision.org.uk - has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.


Concern - www.concern.net - is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst-affected state in India.


The International Rescue Committee - www.theirc.org - is providing emergency supplies and materials to "people most affected by the crisis".


The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.


Muslim Aid - www.muslimaid.org - has already donated £100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.


Action Aid - www.actionaid.org - is the biggest charity working in south India. It is focusing its relief work on the coast of Tamil Nadu, where 7,000 people died. It is working on providing medical assistance and sanitation for the survivors.


Oxfam - www.oxfam.org - is active in Indonesia, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka and India. Their relief operations include distributing food packs and hygiene kits and setting up water and sanitation facilities.


Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be e-mailed at asia-quakerelief@europe.com.


World Jewish Aid - www.worldjewishaid.org.uk - is working with local partners in India, Indonesia and other affected areas to help survivors threatened by water contamination and disease.


Hindu NGO Baps Care International - www.bapscare.org - is working in villages around Chennai in Southern India distributing food, drinking water, tarpaulins, utensils, stoves, clothes and blankets.


Goal teams - www.goal.ie - are at present working in Tamil Nadu in Southern India where they are distributing aid to 5,000 families.


Simon, Nigel and Peter

This page was last updated 19thJanuary 2005

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